Does the Life of Robert Tamplin (d. 1897) Typify the Wild West of the 19th Century?

[Originally posted on previous platform July 2016.]

cowboyA little research into the life of Robert H. Tamplin produced some very interesting newspaper articles.  (All found at The Portal to Texas History.) When I first started reading, I wondered to myself if the family was known as the Tamplin Gang or something such as that.  It seems father R. F. and his two eldest sons, Robert and Rufus, were always involved in something.  And that something seemed to often be pushing up against the law.  Maybe even crossing it.

I will say there were some instances where Robert was accused of things and later acquitted, or found not guilty.  And I did come across a short article noting the Tamplin family to be well respected throughout Washington County, Texas.

Who knows? Maybe Robert’s life does typify the era of the 1800s wild, wild west.  Remember, anything happening after 1888 (at minimum) had a direct effect on his wife, Daisy Lincecum, who was just 23 when she married Robert.


The Daily Banner (Brenham, Texas) Thursday, 27 February 1879

PRETTY CLOSE. — On Wednesday, after Mr. R. F. Tamplin [Robert’s father] had been fined in the mayor’s court for unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, he came up town and abused the officers who arrested him, and being warned by them several times not to create a disturbance, he displayed his pistol — which had been returned to him under the decision of the appellate court that no weapon should be confiscated — officer Buster informed Mr. Tamplin that he was doing wrong and to put the weapon in his pocket, or give it to his son.  He replied using abusive language, and the officers then arrested him, he showing fight.  His son Robert, about 17 years old, then drew and cocked on the officers a single-barrelled derringer pistol.  The city marshal grabbed him to prevent his shooting.  A scuffle ensued during which the derringer “went off” the ball entering a side-pocket in the marshal’s coat and severely wounding a pocket full of papers.  It was a very narrow escape.  Both parties were arrested and placed under bonds of $50 each for their appearance on Saturday next.

Brenham Daily Banner (Texas) Saturday, 20 September 1884

GIN BURNED. — On Friday morning Robert Tamplin’s gin in the Gay Hill neighborhood was discovered to be on fire.  In a short time it was in ashes.  The gin and machinery were new having lately been completed.  It cost about $3000 and was insured for $1800 in the Southern and Hibernian companies of New Orleans.

[Robert’s father was shot and killed May 1883.  This may have been a “family” gin, originally belonging to the elder Robert.]

Brenham Daily Banner (Texas) Thursday, 22 October 1885

District Court. Wednesday. — State vs. R. H. Tamplin, theft of cattle, continued by agreement.

The Galveston Daily News (Texas) 5 December 1886

Dismissed by the Grand Jury. DALLAS, Tex., December 4. — Mr. Robert Tamplin, of Brenham, who was arrested and brought here last Wednesday, charged with stealing some clothes in this city last August, has been dismissed by the grand jury, after a thorough investigation of the charge.  Mr. Tamplin belongs to a most respectable family in Washington, and is considered one of Brenham’s best citizens.

Galveston Daily News (Texas) 16 November 1891

Two Severe Cuts. BRENHAM, Tex., Nov. 15. — A rather serious affair took place at the Santa Fe saloon at 2 o’clock this morning, in which several persons were seriously hurt.

R. S. Farmer and Dr. Rufus B. Tamplin [brother of Robert] had had a difficulty up town early in the night, in which, it is said.  Dr. Tamplin drew a knife, but did not attempt to use it.  Farmer did not see the knife, but some one told him of it, and he procured a pistol and followed the docdor [sic] down to the saloon.

Eye witnesses say that immediately on entering the saloon door Farmer drew his pistol and told Tamplin to “hand over that knife.” Robert Tamplin, a brother of the doctor, was standing at the bar drinking a glass of water.  When Farmer presented the pistol at his brother’s head he threw the glass and hit Farmer on the side of the head.

The pistol was discharged at the same instant, the bullet going through the side of the house.  Robert Tamplin, after throwing the glass, followed it up by clinching with Farmer and pushing him out of the door.

Leslie Greyton, a bystander, jerked Farmers’ [sic] pistol out of his hand, and Dr. Tamplin rushed out to help his brother.  He drew a knife and stabbed Farmer twice, once in the left arm, making a gash from the point of the elbow to the wrist.  Another slash fell on the back of the neck, extending from the edge of the hair on the right side in a slanting direction clear to the middle of the left side of the throat, missing the jugular vein only narrowly.

The latter  cut went to the bone and is rather serious.

Harry Swain, another bystander, struck Robert Tamplin over the head with a heavy cane, knocking him loose from Farmer and the row ended.

After the difficulty it was found that Farmer had two bad cuts.  Robert Tamplin had a gash on the head from the cane blow.  P. A. Henderson’s head had stopped the glass as it glanced from Farmer’s head, and a good-sized lump was the result.  Two or three others were slightly cut on the face and hands from bits of broken glass.

Brenham Daily Banner (Texas) 26 March 1892


The Tamplin Case. The case of the State vs. R. H. Tamplin, charged with swindling, growing out of a mortgage made to Schmid Bros., on stock that Tamplin claimed died before the foreclosure and judgement against him, was called in the District court Friday morning, but Mr. Tamplin having gone out in the country about 16 miles was not able to get in on time and a forfeiture of his bond was entered, but upon his arrival at 10:15 the forfeiture of his bond was set aside, and the case went to trial.

District Attorney King opened the argument for the State, Judge Kirk appearing in an able argument for the defense, County Attorney Rogers closing.

Court adjourned until this morning, when the Judge will charge the jury in the case.

[Article in next day’s paper says jury returned a verdict of not guilty.]

Denton County News (Denton, Texas) 30 March 1893

A Fatal Fight. GEORGETOWN, Tex March 24. — Hightower, a boy 17 years of age was killed yesterday.  Hightower and Bob Tamplin, living near New Liberty Hill, quarreled in the morning about Hightower’s sheep eating Tamplin’s corn.  About noon Tamplin took his gun and left home, saying he was going to shoot squirrels.  Soon after this shots were heard.  Hightower was found dead and Tamplin wounded in the shoulder.  Hightower’s clothing and one ear were badly burned.  He was a shepherd on a ranch owned by Dock Davis of Round Rock.  Tamplin has a wife and one child.  He has been arrested.

Robert died in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas 4 December 1897, aged about 34 years. His death left wife Daisy a single mother of three boys at age 32.

Vist Robert H. “Bob” Tamplin’s page in the Lincecum Lineage database.

Biographical Outline of Daisy Lincecum Tamplin (1865-1958)

[Originally posted on previous platform July 2016.]

Daisy Lincecum was born 25 August 1865 in Long Point, Washington County, Texas to Lysander Rezin Lincecum and Margaret “Maggie” Wood.

Daisy married Robert Tamplin 27 November 1888 in Washington County, and they had at least four children.  Three sons were Lloyd Tamplin, Robert H. Tamplin, and Roy Davis Tamplin.  Daisy was widowed by 1900, but did not marry again.

Daisy died 2 April 1958 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina.  Her body was cremated by Bowman-Gray School of Medicine (NC).

Individual Facts:

  • Census:  25 June 1880 at Washington County, Texas
  • Occupation:  June 1900 / House Keeper in Gonzales, Texas
  • Census:  27 June 1900 at Gonzales, Texas
  • Address:  1903 / 303 E. 7th, Austin, Texas
  • Occupation:  1903 / Machine Hand at Bosche’s Troy Laundry, Travis County, Texas
  • Address:  1910 / 204 Av. D, San Antonio, Texas
  • Census:  23 April 1910 at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Address:  1919 / 122 Rusk, San Antonio, Texas
  • Census:  2 January 1920 at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Address:  1921-1922 / 122 Rusk, San Antonio, Texas
  • Address:  1924 / 122 Rusk, San Antonio, Texas
  • Address:  1926 / 122 Rusk, San Antonio, Texas
  • Census:  5 April 1930 at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Address:  April 1930 / 306 North Street, San Antonio, Texas
  • Residence:  December 1932 / San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Address:  abt December 1932 / 306 North Street, San Antonio, Texas
  • Residence:  April 1935 / San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Address:  1940 / 869 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Census:  1940 at Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
  • Residence:  abt 1958 / Lewisville, Forsyth County, North Carolina

It looks as though Daisy spent at least 25 – 30 years living in San Antonio.  Using Google Maps, and the addresses of 204 Av. D and 306 North Street, I figure Daisy was in the present-day place of Converse, Texas.  This is like a suburb of San Antonio.  Here is an image of what the area of 306 North Street looked like April 2011.


  • According to the 1900 Gonzales County, Texas Federal census, Daisy (already widowed) was staying with her uncle, L. J. Lincecum.
  • According to the 1910 Bexar County, Texas Federal census, Daisy had four children.  Three were living.
  • Daisy was the informant on her son Robert’s death certificate.  She was living with Robert at the time of his death.
  • According to the 1940 Forsyth County, North Carolina Federal census, Daisy had 7 years of education.
  • Per her death certificate, Daisy passed away at Maplegrove Rest Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Visit Daisy Lincecum Tamplin’s page in the Lincecum Lineage database.

Timeline Report for Addison Lysander Lincecum (1874-1965)

[Originally posted on previous platform July 2016.]

draddisonllincecum1911Addison witnessed much during his lifetime:  6 wars, the assassinations of 2 U.S. presidents, the Wright Brothers’ 1st flight, the 1st manufacturing of the Ford Model T, the sinking of the Titanic, women’s suffrage in the U.S., the Great Depression, the Holocaust, the Dust Bowl, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the nuclear bombings in Japan, and the Civil Rights Movement.

His most eventful years were perhaps 1900-1903, ages 26-29.  Addison lost his father and helped Letha give birth to their 1st child about August 1900.  He officially became a doctor a couple of years later, and was part of the 1st graduating class of Baylor University.  Letha gave birth to daughter Ruth about this time, as well.

Image at right from The Houston Post (Texas), Vol. 27, Ed. 1 Sunday, 21 May 1911.  Accessed 3 July 2016, University of North Texas Libraries, “The Portal to Texas History,” .

Pattern:  Year / Age – Event – Date / Place

1874 – Addison Lysander Lincecum was born – 8 April at Long Point, Washington County, Texas

1880 / Age 6 – Addison was enumerated for the 10th United States census – 2 June at Lampasas, Texas

1897 / Age 23 – Addison married Letha Elizabeth Gandy – 24 October at Lavaca County, Texas

1898 / Age 24 – Addison witnessed the Spanish-American War – April thru August / USA, Cuba

1900 / Age 26 – Addison was enumerated for the 12th United States census – 23 June at Jackson, Texas

1900 / Age 26 – Addison’s father, L. G. Lincecum, died – abt August / Lampasas, Texas

1900 / Age 26 – Letha gave birth to Addison’s first child, a son, Barnabas Gandy Lincecum – 29 August at Lavaca County, Texas

1901 / Age 27 – President William McKinley was assassinated – 6 September at Buffalo, New York

1902 / Age 28 – Addison graduated from Dallas Medical College – 15 April at Dallas, Texas

1903 / Age 28 – Addison was part of the 1st graduating class of Baylor University – Waco, Texas

1903 / Age 29 – Letha gave birth to Addison’s first daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Lincecum – 28 August at Morales, Jackson County, Texas

1903 / Age 29 – Wright Brothers took their 1st flight – 17 September at Kitty Hawk, Dare County, North Carolina

1908 / Age 34 – the Ford Model T was 1st manufactured – September / Detroit, Michigan

1910 / Age 36 – Addison was enumerated for the 13th United States census – 28 April at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

1912 / Age 38 – the Titanic sank – April / Atlantic Ocean

1913 / Age 38 – Letha gave birth to Addison’s 2nd son, Addison Turney Lincecum – 19 February at Long Point, Washington County, Texas

1914 / Age 39 – Addison became Assistant (Texas State) Health Officer – Austin, Travis County, Texas

1914 / Age 40 – Addison participated in World War I – Europe

1920 / Age 45 – women received the right to vote – USA

1920 / Age 45 – Addison was enumerated for the 14th United States census – 21 January at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

1929 / Age 54 – stock market crash and Great Depression – USA, Europe

1930 / Age 55 – the Holocaust – Eastern Europe

1930 / Age 56 – Addison was enumerated for the 15th United States census – 19 April at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

1931 / Age 56 – the Dust Bowl – Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

1936/ Age 61 – Addison was appointed U.S. Postmaster – El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

1939 / Age 65 – World War II – Europe, the Pacific

1940/ Age 66 – Addison was enumerated for the 16th United States census – 24 June at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

1941 / Age 67 – Pearl Harbor was attacked – 7 December at Honolulu, Hawaii

1945 / Age 71 – Hiroshima & Nagasaki Nuclear bombings – August / Japan

1947 / Age 72 – Cold War

1950 / Age 76 – Korean War

1955 / Age 80 – the Civil Rights Movement – USA

1959 / Age 85 – Vietnam War

1959 / Age 85 – Letha, Addison’s wife of 62 years, died – 27 December at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

1963 / Age 89 – John F. Kennedy was assassinated – 22 November at Dallas, Texas

1965 / Age 91 – Addison Lysander Lincecum died – 6 December at Lavaca County, Texas

Visit Addison Lysander Lincecum’s page in the Lincecum Lineage database.

Updating Grandpa Charley’s Page

Charley Wilbur Lincecum (1902-1990) was my great-grandfather. This son of Francis Marion Lincecum (1857-1931) and Annie Victoria Gibbs (1871-1934) was the husband of Georgia Ellen “Trig” Hector (1903-1983). Charley was a farmer and business owner who spent his entire life in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

Charley Wilbur Lincecum Media at Lincecum Lineage

Over the past few days, I’ve added more than 25 media items related to Grandpa Charley. This chiefly includes images, but documents and histories were added as well. You can view it all here.

Other items touched over the last thirty days at the Lincecum Lineage database include the following:

  • Documents pertaining to individuals with the surnames of Adams, Hilton, Lincecum, and Linscomb.
  • Cemetery and headstone images pertaining to individuals with the surnames of Abernathy and Crosby.
  • Histories pertaining to individuals with the surnames of Hilton and Lincecum.
  • Individual pages pertaining to those with the surnames of Lincecum and Lincicome.

Visit the Lincecum Lineage database home here.

Maybe Letha Gandy Lincecum Wasn’t a Daughter of the American Revolution?

Letha Elizabeth Gandy was born 25 September 1873 in Lavaca County, Texas to Barnabas Pipkin “Tip” Gandy (1831-1914) and Mary Elizabeth Allen. Letha was my 3rd cousin by her 1897 marriage to Addison Lysander Lincecum (1874-1965). I know Letha wanted to join Daughters of the American Revolution because she wrote as much in a letter to the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington, DC dated 30 June 1928:

[Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files via Fold3]

El Campo, Tex
June 30 – 28
Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D.C.

Dear Sir: – Please help me find the Rev. war record of Edward Fitz Patrick or Edward Patrick, the Fitz was dropped from the name but we do not know when but after coming from Scotland. He served in the Rev war in the State of N. Carolina and his wife and widow Mary (McCord) Patrick drew a pension from the U.S. Gov. while living in the State of Tenn – after her removal to that State after her husbands death —

Please help me get this war record so can join the D.A.R.
Most sincerely
Mrs. A. L. Lincecum
El Campo

Letha received a reply dated 11 July 1928.

…[I]t appears that Edward F. Patrick, or Fitzpatrick, while a resident of Rowan County, North Carolina, enlisted in the winter of 1780 and served three months as a private in Captain Abel Armstrong’s Company, Colonel Francis Lock’s Locke North Carolina Regiment.

He enlisted in the fall of 1781 and served three months as a private in Captain George Gordon’s Company under Major William Lewis in the North Carolina Troops.

He moved from Rowan County, North Carolina, to Tennessee, thence to McLean County, Illinois, where he was allowed pension on his application executed June 3, 1833. He died November 24, 1834 in McLean County, Illinois.

Soldier married February 13, 1798, in Iredell County, North Carolina, Polly McCord.

She was allowed pension on her application executed October 20, 1849, in Woodford County, Illinois, at which time she was aged seventy-eight years and a resident of Tasewell County, Illinois…

In addition to the above, Clarence Wharton notes the following in Texas Under Many Flags (American Historical Society, Chicago, 1930):

…[Miss Letha Gandy’s] great-grandfather, John Gandy, of North Carolina, was a soldier in the American Revolution. Her parents were Barnabas P. and Mary (Allen) Gandy, her father a native of Alabama and her mother of Mississippi…

Yet with all this (albeit anecdotal) information, it doesn’t appear Letha joined DAR. I was unable to locate her in the Genealogical Research System. In fact, I could not find either of her patriot ancestors, either.

Letha Elizabeth Gandy Lincecum died 27 December 1959 at El Campo, Wharton County, Texas and was buried in the family cemetery at Gandy Bend in Lavaca County. While there is no DAR membership marker nearby, her gravestone bears the symbol for the Order of the Eastern Star.

Visit Letha Elizabeth Gandy Lincecum’s page in the Lincecum Lineage database.

[Example of Order of Eastern Star Symbol]